Octopus’s Garden Ukulele Chords By The Beatles

abbey road album cover thumbnailOne of my favorite Ringo Starr moments is Octopus’s Garden from the Beatles’s Abbey Road. Here’s how to play the ukulele chords to this great, fun beginner song.

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C             Am 
I'd like to be under the sea
     F                        G       
In an Octopus's Garden in the shade
C             Am 
He'd let us in knows where we've been
      F                        G
In his Octopus's Garden in the shade
Am
I'd ask my friends to come and see     
F              G
An Octopus's Garden with me
C             Am  
I'd like to be under the sea
      F           G             C
In an Octopus's Garden in the shade

C               Am 
We would be warm below the storm
       F                           G
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
C               Am 
Resting our head on the sea bed
      F                       G
In an Octopus's Garden near a cave
Am
We would sing and dance around
F                  G
Because we know we can't be found
C             Am
I'd like to be under the sea
      F          G             C
In an Octopus's Garden in the shade

C             Am 
We would shout and swim about
   F                            G
The coral that lies beneath the waves
C               Am
Oh, what joy for every girl and boy
F                                 G
Knowing they're happy and they're safe
Am
We would be so happy, you and me
F                               G
No one there to tell us what to do
C              Am
I'd like to be under the sea
F               G           Am
In an Octopus's Garden with you
F               G           Am
In an Octopus's Garden with you
F               G           C      G/  C/
In an Octopus's Garden with you

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The song follows a steady chord progression for more than half the time. It’s just C Am F and G. You can practice it outside of the song to really get comfortable with it.

The second half of the verse skips to the Am F G before you return to the normal progression. However, the last F to G of the verse takes half the time as usual.

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I’m an ukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, where I run this site from an off-grid cabin in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once jammed with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me